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20/04/24

A fantastic Saturday morning for our U10 football team in the sunshine and wind, taking part in the Year 5 6-a-side finals! They battled hard and played with smiles on their faces throughout! Massive thank you to all the parents for your support! pic.twitter.com/cIN5p6muRe

17/04/24

Warwick class have loved looking at rounding this week! They particularly enjoyed the rounding ladder race game 🪜🧮 pic.twitter.com/Z8B4o70tG9

17/04/24

Our U10 boys football team took part in a tournament this afternoon at Garden Fields. Strong performances resulted in us finishing second, only losing one game! We now look forward to the finals on Saturday! pic.twitter.com/MccctBC14l

15/04/24

Year 5 St Andrews had a great PSHE lesson focused on the importance of knowing basic first aid and the recovery position ❤️‍🩹 pic.twitter.com/NYV3FgSkGW

09/04/24

Wishing our Muslim community a happy Eid filled with joy and prosperity 🕌🌙 pic.twitter.com/3FFvs9tDHc

30/03/24

We wish everyone a very Happy Easter and an enjoyable, well deserved break 🐣🍫✝️! We look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 15th April to begin the Summer Term ☀️🌻 pic.twitter.com/di4DfaSahY

29/03/24

* Famous Historical People Dress-Up WOW Day: Year 2 *The children dressed up and shared facts about their famous person. They met Rosa Freedman, a human right lawyer and activist, enjoyed using the VR headsets linked to Rosa Parks and recreated some of Andy Warhol’s pop art. pic.twitter.com/vXMVk6QiTR

28/03/24

* Famous Historical People Dress-Up WOW Day: Year 2 *The children dressed up and shared facts about their famous person. They met Rosa Freedman, a human right lawyer and activist, enjoyed using the VR headsets linked to Rosa Parks and recreated some of Andy Warhol’s pop art. pic.twitter.com/vXMVk6QiTR

28/03/24

Primary started the final day of the term with an assembly to celebrate the achievements and reflect on the successes of the term. We were also fortunate to hear a beautiful performance from two of our 6th Form. pic.twitter.com/jMGqhQcsiT

27/03/24

Year 6 made their own ‘Butterbeer’ this afternoon, after being inspired by their Harry Potter learning! It was a thumbs up for the magical beverage. pic.twitter.com/93AP0n1CGW

27/03/24

Year 6 were fortunate to have a visit from Professor Rosa Freedman, who spoke to them about human rights and the development of law. She shared her experiences working on tackling discrimination and promoting equality. pic.twitter.com/EDJTRFJJpv

27/03/24

Year 1 have had a lovely Easter service at St Luke’s Church ⛪️💐🌷🐣 pic.twitter.com/DYe831nzrX

27/03/24

Our final breakfast and we are all still smiling 😁 pic.twitter.com/aQm1Y2wqKh

26/03/24

Disco Night 🪩💃🕺 pic.twitter.com/AZa92NHafQ

26/03/24

The pieces are really coming together now ☀️🎭🎨🎶 pic.twitter.com/o4oR6AuJNQ

26/03/24

Good morning! We are all up and raring to go, back in our workshops and being creative 🎶🎭🕺🎨 pic.twitter.com/aCB6cYU0IH

25/03/24

Tonight’s activity: a 3D film 🎥 🦁👑 pic.twitter.com/f08xc6nhqv

25/03/24

A brilliant first day at the children have been incredible and have begun to create some amazing pieces of work 🕺🎨🎭🎶 pic.twitter.com/88Ynep9MaD

25/03/24

Mr D showing off his piano and singing talents with the help of Year 5! 🌊⛵️ pic.twitter.com/jcIKkHVrMH

25/03/24

Bed making has been a task in itself! 🛏️😂 pic.twitter.com/8DRuc4sWCB

25/03/24

We have arrived safely at Ingestre Hall! Ready for our morning activities to begin 🎭🕺🎶🎨 pic.twitter.com/oESPZ38BeO

24/03/24

Year 5 loved the VR headsets this week, exploring the Mayan pyramids 🗺️🧐🤩what a great way to end their topic! pic.twitter.com/FWCstJTZ4f

21/03/24

Our academy students held a brilliant morning for our Year 3, 4 and 5 students. A big thank you for arranging such a fantastic opportunity 🏐⚽️🏉 pic.twitter.com/WyXIdLSPto

20/03/24

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20/03/24

* Primary Teacher vacancy *Full TimeSalary – MPS / UPS TLR 2a - Lead of ScienceStart date – September 2024https://t.co/Y5U107tZel#stalbansjobs pic.twitter.com/Ihd8anKcP0

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Media Studies

Media Studies at Samuel Ryder Academy is an exciting part of the contemporary curriculum. We offer opportunities throughout the key stages to engage with the concepts, contexts and theories at the heart of the media. Study of the media engages students in developing a range of academic and practical skills giving lots of hands-on experiences that enable them to be effective students. Results are excellent and we are a very popular choice as a GCSE subject.

Students can choose to study media from year 9 onwards. They will learn about a range of different topics including but not limited to: film and TV, magazines, websites, newspapers and the news in general, social media and advertising.

KS2

Although media studies is not studied as a distinct subject until year 9, Samuel Ryder Academy is dedicated to helping Key Stage 2 students learn about the media and explore their interactions with media products. By working closely with other faculties to interweave digital media literacy into the Key Stage 2 curriculum we can help ensure students are given the tools they need to access digital technologies securely and confidently. Our state-of-the-art television studio, ensures that even our youngest students become increasingly confident in the use of the technologies that form the basis of much of our media curriculum.

KS3

Whilst in year 7 and year 8, media is taught through the English curriculum, at year 9 students enrich their curriculum through opting to study media. The media studies course aims for students to reflect upon their own media use as well as examining the social and cultural impacts the media has had on life in the United Kingdom. Oracy plays a large role in media studies as students use their skills to develop, refine, discuss and present ideas. This can take many forms including video essays with voiceovers, debates, group discussions and presentations.

During year 9, students study a number of different topics allowing them to explore different areas of practical and analysis tasks. These projects help students to build a foundational understanding of media, securing the steps to progress onto the GCSE course. These include: -

  • Advertising (video games and music artists) where students analyse the effectiveness of advertising, as well as creating their own adverts using professional software such as Photoshop.
  • Creating your own animation using iPads. These can be submitted as part of one of our house competitions.
  • Preparing your own TV news broadcast. You have the opportunity to record these in our very own professional TV studio. You also have the opportunity to submit your broadcasts for one of our house competitions.
  • Analysing film genres and creating your own Film trailer.
  • Creating your own website.

The year 9 media studies course enriches and widens the cultural and social experience of students. By looking at real media examples from across the world, students explore and contrast how different audiences may interpret the media. Additionally, students have the chance to study key concepts such as regulation and how moral and social contexts shape the media around them. As a fully digital course, students utilise the digital technology and computer suites available in school, rather than an exercise book, students use systems such as Microsoft Teams and OneNote.

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 9

Media formats and purposes when shaping the media landscape including the influence on our lived experience.

Narrative and genre - construction for a range of media texts across film, magazines and video games.

Media language and institutions, including social media, the power of influencers and how media regulation works in the UK.

KS4

Eduqas Media Studies (C680QS)

The GCSE media studies course encourages students to adopt an analytical approach to the media industry and combine this with a range of practical tasks. Through this unit, students develop their knowledge and understanding of the necessary research methods and communicational skills required. These are based on set products given by the exam board from a range of different media platforms. Students learn all of the set products over the two-year course in order to answer questions about them in the exam. In addition to these skills, students develop their pre-production, production and post production skills for a specific stimulus.

There is also a piece of practical coursework that students need to complete based on a brief set by the exam board.

 Areas of study include:

  • Magazines
  • Films
  • Newspapers
  • Advertising
  • TV shows
  • Social Media/websites

Students are assessed in the following ways:

  • Two external exams (taken at the end of year 11) - 70% of final grade.
  • One piece of practical coursework (completed in years 10 and 11) - 30% of final grade.

As well as developing analytical skills, the media studies GCSE develops learner’s oracy skills. Discussion and debate are key parts of the media studies and great care is taken in developing our students into confident and articulate speakers. The higher-order thinking that is developed within media studies benefits students across their academic study, helping develop skills that will be utilised in subjects such as history and English.

Through media studies, students explore something that they spend a lot of time with, helping them to understand how it affects them and make them more critical of the media they consume. By exploring the contexts behind the production and distribution of media for both domestic and international texts, students develop cultural capital and explore representations, points of view and experiences they would perhaps not come across normally. Students look at the moral and social impacts of media including discussions around issues such as the media’s construction of identity and how audiences are moulded by their media consumption habits.

Like the Key Stage 3 course the media studies GCSE has been completely digitised. By taking advantage of tools such as YouTube revision videos, Padlet sharing pages and embedded digital assessments, students are supported in their examination preparation.

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 10

Core skills and vocabulary

Component 1 section A: Exploring the media: media language and representation

Component 1 section B: Exploring the media: audience and industry

Year 11

Component 3: Non-exam assessment. Independent practical media production

Component 2: Understanding media forms and products. Section A - Long form drama

Component 2: Understanding media forms and products. Section B - Music artist marketing

Beyond GCSE

Following success at GCSE, there are two pathways that students undertake in sixth form: A-Level and BTec.

A-Level – Eduqas Media Studies A-Level (A680QS)

The media studies A-Level course is a continuation of the GCSE course offered at Key Stage 4 with the Eduqas examination board. The course looks at the media critically and explores contemporary media issues such as the concentration of media ownership, political bias within news media, the representations of race and gender, and the impact of regulation. The course allows students to analyse and question their own experiences of the media whilst developing an understanding of how historical, cultural, social and economic contexts shape media products and their audiences. As well as theoretical study, students also produce their own media texts to meet a brief set by the exam board. This NEA (non-examination assessed) work makes up 30% of the total grade and is an opportunity for students to directly apply their knowledge of audience targeting and messaging, semiotics and design to create original media products. The school is fully equipped with Adobe Premier, Photoshop and After Effects as well as a full green screen suite with professional camera equipment to support students with producing high-quality projects.

To complete the course, there are a range of set texts used to provide case studies for the application of theory, these include:

  • 1950s advertising
  • Contemporary radio
  • Film marketing (both historical and contemporary)
  • Music videos
  • Long form foreign and domestic tv drama
  • Tabloid and broadsheet newspapers
  • Historical and contemporary magazines
  • Video games

Students are assessed in the following ways:

  • Two external exams (taken at the end of year 13) - 70% of final grade.
  • One piece of practical coursework (completed in year 12 and 13) - 30% of final grade

Oracy is a key component of the media studies course. At A-Level, students research the key issues and debates surrounding media and be able to discuss them with peers, as well as being challenged on their findings. With areas of study including politics and the economy, the cultural capital provided by media studies provides students the ability to discuss a range of topics outside of the classroom.

BTec Creative Digital Media Production – Pearson Edexcel

The creative digital media production BTec course is the flagship vocational media course at Samuel Ryder Academy. The course, equivalent to studying three A-Levels, is designed for students who are aiming for a career in the media or to study the media within further education. The BTec is specifically designed around the use of industry standard briefs from a range of clients that encourages students to approach their work in the same fashion as a media professional. A focus on independence, organisation, team work and personal responsibility anchor the course, alongside its mix of practical and theoretical studies. With independent access to the TV studio, photography and film equipment, students challenge themselves and produce their own media texts. Each student finishes the course with a digital portfolio of their projects that is used to secure university places, apprenticeships and further employment. 

Previously students have completed units such as:

  • Website design
  • Advertising
  • Digital campaigns
  • News production
  • Magazine and digital layout production
  • Fiction film
  • Single camera production

With over 30 different units to choose from, the BTec is adapted to meet the strengths of our students and to provide a varied and valuable experience. The course is assessed via the completion of 9 internal units (assessed in school by teachers and externally verified) and 4 external units (set and assessed by the examination board). These assessments are completed under examination conditions or extended assessment periods over several sessions within a set time period. Competition for places on this course is high and students have an active interest in the study and making of media.

The BTec course is designed for those that aspire to work within the media industry or to engage in a media production apprenticeship after they finish their post-16 education. The course also provides a number of opportunities for learners to develop leadership skills as they take control of their learning and projects.

Media literacy

At Samuel Ryder Academy, media literacy moves beyond internet safety, ensuring all students have the tools to assess the value and purpose of media, regardless of their choice of subjects. As young people continue to migrate so much of their lives onto digital platforms, it is increasingly important to embed an understanding of how to recognise trustworthy information, the effects of ownership on media texts and how we are drawn to things we agree with. By working closely with other departments within the school, the media department works hard to embed this ethos into the curriculum for all students.

Wider Curriculum and Careers

Outside our taught curriculum content, the media department at Samuel Ryder Academy provides areas of study that both excite and challenge students. By exploring media texts and issues beyond the curriculum content, students are able to textually analyse any media product and recognise the messages being encoded by producers. We also work hard to ensure that our equipment and resources such as the television studio are freely available for students to utilise for their own projects and passions.

Our yearly house competition challenges students from all year groups to use the stop motion app on their iPad to produce creative and imaginative 1-minute animations around a different theme or genre each year, with valuable house points up for grabs!

Media studies currently runs two trips with plans in place to expand this provision in the immediate future. In Key Stage 2, a trip to Harry Potter Studios allows year 6 students to experience a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most successful film franchises of all time. In Key Stage 5, A-Level students visit the both the British Film Institute’s Imax theatre for screenings of set texts and the BFI film archive for study days in the lead up to examinations.

Media students are regularly entered into both local and national competitions for media production. In the past two years we have had entry and selection for both a regional and national award for the post-16 category. In addition, each year students join the young reporters’ program and some have been lucky enough to attend career days hosted by the likes of Warner Brothers and Sky TV.

According to the office of national statistics, media studies degrees are the second most employable after medicine. This is due to a number of factors, including the growing media markets in the UK, shifting consumer patterns and the recognised skill sets that the study of media provides such as audience profiling, communication and critical thinking.

There are lots of careers that media studies can lead to, some are obvious, for example those in production roles within sectors such as TV, film, radio, print and digital. However, media studies could also lead to areas such as media and copyright law, public relations, social media management, digital networking, audience profiling, communication management and many more.

Wider reading in media studies takes multiple forms as our utilisation opens up opportunities for students to access a wide range of material.

KS3

What is Media Studies? Key concepts explained! - YouTube

Media Studies - Genre, Sub Genre & Hybrid Genre - Key Words - YouTube

Key Concepts - Media Language - YouTube

KS4

Mrs Fisher - YouTube

The Media Insider - YouTube

Photoshop Basics: Everything You Need to Know to Edit Photos - YouTube

GCSE Media Studies - BBC Bitesize

KS5

Mrs Fisher - YouTube

The Media Insider - YouTube

Essential Media Theory | A Level Media Studies Revision

Useful Links

Exam board link KS4:

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/

Exam board link KS5 (A-Level)

AS and A Level Media Studies | Eduqas

Exam specification KS5 (BTEC)

BTEC 2016 Specification (pearson.com)

 

 

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